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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Art pair want community chats

TWO artists have been commissioned to work with townsfolk to express their hopes of a better future for Dumfries High Street.

Hannah Fox and Kate Drummond will be speaking to people of all ages and backgrounds about the community’s aspirations and determination to succeed.

Those conversations will use an art-based approach to inspire and highlight the issues around high street regeneration which Midsteeple Quarter are working to turnaround, particularly by showcasing the new phase one building.

This will lead to a new name being chosen for the building being developed at 135-139 High Street, which will contain new homes and enterprise spaces on the spot of the former Baker’s Oven – a site which had been decaying for years before being taken into community ownership by Midsteeple Quarter.

Hannah and Kate have both previously worked in Dumfries and regularly collaborate to create bold, exciting, warm, playful and beautiful works in the public realm.

Midsteeple Quarter executive director Scott Mackay said: “We’re delighted to be working with Hannah and Kate – and extremely excited to see what their work leads to.

“There’s so much to look forward to from what we are working with our community to achieve. We all want a fairer, stronger, more sustainable town centre. We are sure the community engagement and artwork will reflect the positivity surrounding our vision and work.”


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